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Military Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Magnetic resonance imaging technicians in the Military operate sophisticated equipment to produce high-definition, three-dimensional diagnostic images, and assist physicians with diagnostic imaging functions and activities. These expert technicians have knowledge of magnetism, magnetic safety, radio frequency, and magnetic physics; techniques of operating MRI equipment; and advanced knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy applicable to MRI. They are an important part of the Military healthcare team.

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Work Environment

Magnetic resonance imaging technicians work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals. They follow strict safety procedures to minimize exposure to radiation.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technicians in the Military

47

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Salary

Average Salary

$77,966

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 65%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • High school 4%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Magnetic resonance imaging technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice with medical imaging equipment, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Operation of diagnostic imaging equipmentRadioactive isotope therapyImage processingAnatomy and physiologyPatient care in radiologyMedical ethics and lawPrinciples of radiation protectionField radiography

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training
  • Physics
  • English Language

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